The musical instrument pickups, effects units and amplifiers designed and manufactured
by Harry DeArmond and Bud Rowe and later by Steve Tosh in Toledo, Ohio, from the 1940s to the 1980s, through Rowe Industries Inc.,
H. N. Rowe & Company, Rowe DeArmond Inc., DeArmond Inc. and Tosh Electronics, all of Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Multicraft Messenger guitars were built in small numbers in the 1960s. They incorporated a number of unique features including a metal neck which extended right through to the guitar's tailpiece. This neck had a resonant frequency of 440 Hz. One model has a switch beside the tailpiece which converts the output to stereo, using two adjacent jack-sockets.
These two Messenger guitars are each fitted with two pickups that are based on soapbar versions of the DeArmond model 55, but with white inserts in the slots instead of the normal black, using woodscrew fixings in place of rivets and all mounted on hardwood timber bases.
This example has two Diamond-grille pickups, each one seated on a hardwood base. The Mono/Stereo change-over switch is clearly seen